Interview with Sydney illustrator Carla Uriarte, one half of Extreme Gelati DJs
LAEM: When did you start experimenting with art?
C: I used to draw Rugrats characters and sell them at school for five dollars a pop, at age 7. I started art blogging in 2006. I started serious art blogging in 2011.
LAEM: What inspired you to start a blog?
C: It was an easy, organized way to share my art while documenting myself. I’ve been using the Internet in a personal-public way for some nine years now, so it’s natural and sort of like “duh, this is you, keep going.” Expressing my art and thoughts through the Internet is a form of release that is good as it’s a brain jog that lasts forever.
LAEM: How do you usually go about creating works?
C: I am very self-centred in the way that I like to analyze myself, and I express the frustration of this infinity through my drawings and writing. I do this at home or leave the house to draw in a cafe, park or anywhere public.
LAEM: The written component seems very stream of consciousness yet quite poetic? Do you just sit down and write or take the time to craft posts?
C: I scan my painting, upload it, stare and write. The outcome mostly feels fresh as I never know what my head is thinking. It´s funny how I sometimes write about things that I haven’t consciously thought about. It’s like swimming – you don’t think just do.
LAEM: I know you’ve moved around a bit. Does this influence your work?
C: Yes, I get restless and am very impatient, which is why I’m interested in the next adventure. This is good and bad. Moving to places while knowing no one is a good strategy for self-evolution. I suppose the things I draw express this in a subconscious way.